Pests on Pets: How to Get Rid of Fleas on Horses

Last Updated on July 28, 2020 by Allison Price

Fleas and ticks are not pleasant and nobody wants them.

But no matter how we dislike it, horses can get fleas.

Yet, it is unusual. Most of the time, if your horse is healthy, he can resist flea infestation. But as pet owners, we must still prepare to deal with these pests. In this article, we will discuss the improbability of horses getting fleas. Tips on how to get rid and avoid them will also be given.

When Can a Horse Get Fleas?

Unhealthy horses are naturally subject to illness and parasite infestation. A horse who is underweight, sick, aged or in compromised health is prone to this. They would be likely to attract mites, ticks, fleas and other unusual parasites.

Fleas can also stay for a long time if there is no host available. Hungry fleas may fill barns that has been empty but formerly occupied by barn cats. You may be moving your horse into a situation filled with hungry fleas if you place him there! Your horse might have a brief and enthusiastic infestation of cat fleas.

If you happen to ride through an area that has heavy flea infestation, your horse may pick up some fleas. But if your horse is healthy, this is unlikely to be a serious problem.

Problems with Fleas

Fleas are more than just an itchy irritation to our pets, horses to be specific. These are blood-sucking parasites that can cause inflammations and irritations.

This can even cause open sores on your pets that have sensitive skin or flea and tick allergies. Severe infestations of fleas can also lead to fur loss and patchy coats, as well as anemia. With these risks, it is best to take every possible step to get rid or prevent them from recurring.

How to Get Rid of and Prevent Fleas?

Fleas are a common problem with nearly any animal that spends time outdoors. Horses are not exempted.

To keep the fleas away from your horse, use a routine that is safe to get rid of the fleas. And of course, without harming your horse.

After the initial treatment, follow a preventative routine. It will stop the fleas from attacking the horses in the future.

  1. Fill a container with 1 gallon of water and ¼ cup dish soap. Mix them together until the soap dissolves.
  • Brush over your horse using a large flea comb. It will take a while but ensures a thorough cleaning of your horse. Dip the brush into the container of soapy water as needed when you collect fleas. The soap will trap and smother the fleas.
  • Comb the mane of your horse as well because fleas can often linger in these areas.
  • Fill a spray bottle with water and vinegar. The water and vinegar must be equal. Mist this over your horse. Keep away from eyes, nose, mouth and genitalia. The vinegar emits a bitter scent and taste that drives the fleas away. Reapply the spray every two days.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to your horse’s water trough per gallon of water used. This is too little for your horse to notice. But it will be effective in getting vinegar in your horse’s bloodstream, thus repelling fleas.

Other Ways to Get Rid of Fleas

The best ways to get rid of fleas and ticks are methods that disrupt the life cycle of these pests.

Kill mature parasites and their larvae. Make the area less hospitable for fleas to stay nearby. To end a flea infestation, try these:


There are several types of pet medications that can subtly alter the pet’s body chemistry. So that it will be less attractive to or even harmful for blood-sucking parasites like fleas.

These medications may be pills. These can also be mixed into your pet’s food.


There are special shampoos and conditioners with flea medications incorporated into their formulas. These can be effective at removing and preventing the fleas.

The strength of the products can vary. Their effectiveness also depends on the pet’s coat type and density.

Allison Price
Allison Price

I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Papa while he was training the horses. When I was invited to watch a horse riding competition, I got so fascinated with riding!